Oct. 29, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - For the third time this season and the second consecutive week, sophomore Lauren Carpenter was named to the Volleyball BIG EAST Honor Roll for the week of Oct. 28, as announced by the conference Monday evening.
"Lauren has been steadily improving since arriving on campus," Villanova head coach Josh Steinbach said. "She is an extremely hard worker and is deserving of any accolades that come her way."
In a loss to a first place Marquette squad, Carpenter continued her surge and finished with a match-high 15.5 points and 15 kills. The Lakewood, Colo. native returned the next game and turned in a spectacular performance.
In a 3-0 dominating sweep over DePaul, Carpenter racked up a match-high 13 kills with an efficient .360 hitting percentage. The outside hitter seems to have hit her stride as she has now recorded double-digit kills in 16 straight matches.
The outside hitter is a key reason the Wildcats are third in the league averaging, 13.85 kills/set. Through 22 matches, Carpenter ranks third in the conference with 321 kills, fourth with 3.78 kills/set and fifth with 341 points on the season.
Villanova (12-10, 4-5 BIG EAST) will return to the courts when it travels to Washington, D.C. Saturday at 7 p.m. to conclude the season series with Georgetown (9-13, 3-6 BIG EAST) before coming back home for three matches the following weekend.
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BIG EAST Player of the Week Erica Stahl, Butler, MB, Jr. Stahl helped the Bulldogs record a pair of BIG EAST road victories by posting her first two double-doubles of the season. In a 3-1 win over Seton Hall, she registered 12 kills and a season-high 11 blocks. Stahl hit .375 for the match and added four digs. She followed that with 11 blocks and 10 kills in a 3-2 victory at St. John's. For the two games, she hit at a .381 clip and provided the Bulldogs with 35.5 points.
BIG EAST Rookie of the Week Autumn Bailey, Marquette, OH, Fr. Bailey was a key contributor in the Golden Eagles' 3-0 record for the week against BIG EAST opponents. She led the team with 4.78 kills and 4.11 digs per set in wins over Creighton, Villanova and Georgetown. Bailey posted double-doubles in all three matches. She had 13 kills and 11 digs in a 3-0 victory over Creighton, which allowed Marquette to move into first place ahead of the Bluejays.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Leah McNary, Creighton, OH, Jr. Hit .383 while averaging 3.43 kills per set in a 1-1 week. Hit a season-high .448 in a four-set win against DePaul.
Elizabeth Koberstein, Marquette, S, Sr. Helped Marquette hit .319 as a team while beating Creighton, Villanova and Georgetown. Averaged 12.56 assists to increase her league-leading assist average to 11.70.
Lauren Carpenter, Villanova, OH, So. In a 1-1 week, had 15 kills in a loss to Marquette and 13 in a win over DePaul. Has hit double figures in kills for 16 straight matches.
Aubree Smith, Xavier, S, Jr. Helped the Musketeers to a 3-0 week, including wins at St. John's and Seton Hall. Against Seton Hall, registered career highs in assists (63) and digs (23).
Abbey Bessler, Xavier, OH, Fr. Led the offense in a 3-0 week with three double-doubles. Leads the team and is tied for second in the BIG EAST with 16 double-doubles.